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A prayer before a presidential debate

A prayer for peace, a prayer for perspective by Erin Weber-Johnson and Mieke Vandersall.

Photos by Gage Skidmore

Well, God, here we are again.

In previous election seasons

We’ve cried,
We’ve yelled,
We’ve worried,
We’ve cheered,
We’ve ignored,
We’ve spoken what we thought was “truth.”

We’ve tried to make all sorts of ideas and all sorts of people into our salvation,
forgetting that you are our salvation.

This time, we remind ourselves that the work you call us to continues, regardless of election outcomes.

And yet,

What happens in November matters to real people.

So, here we are.
Before you.

We remember the arc of history is long and points towards justice;
We remember stories of kingdoms that rose and fell;
We remember there was a Jesus who turned the world upside down.

Help us ground our minds, our hearts, our souls.

Quiet whirlwinds in our brains and our bodies.

Help us remember:
You endure beyond this moment;
Your love is greater than our imaginations;
We are yours.

And. We have work to do. Your work. For your people and your earth.

Work through us as we offer care for the most vulnerable among us.
Work through us as we try to show up in the world in a way that reflects your promises.
Work through us as we try.

Hold us together as we hold the contradictions of being human,
We know you can do this for it is you who knit us together at the time of creation.

Hear our prayer.

As people of faith, it’s important to remind ourselves that our ministries and our work of service in our communities will need to continue, regardless of election outcomes. Rather than succumbing to a sense of overwhelm or becoming struck by dread, we invite you to join us as we reflect on our values and priorities, discerning where our energies need to be focused. Vandersall Collective has created a Day 1 curriculum to guide faith communities through eight weeks of grounding and preparation prior to the election. For more information, please visit: